This museum is located right alongside I-5 and is definitely worth a stop! It's easy to find as it's located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
There are many interesting exhibits here. An amusing place to start your visit is to wander into the room marked "Curios and Curiosities", which is an eclectic collection of all sorts of interesting stuff.
Since wine is one of Oregon's major crops, there are exhibits dedicated to the history of wine. There are ancient fossils, Indian history and displays of the old west, including a trapper's cabin. The natural history collection is the largest in Oregon.
The kids can gt involved too, as there is a learning center with games and puzzles, as well as a covered wagon to look at. (How did people travel 1,000 miles or more in that small space?) Kids might also enjoy observing the snakes, lizards and turtles.
Outside of the main building are additional buildings housing antique tractors and farm machinery as well as a Model T Ford. Oregon is logging country, and there is a great display of chain saws, showing how they have changed and improved over the years. Additional outdoor exhibits include more antique farm machinery.
You can go inside an authentic old railroad station and learn all about how railroads came to Oregon's Umpqua valley.
All in all, this is a great place to learn about much of Oregon's history.
The museum is open every day March - November, and Tues thru Sat the rest of the year. Admission is only $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and everyone under the age of 17 is free!
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